Gearathon: Patagonia Houdini Windpants

Ah, one of my favorite items of gear.  These are the pants that started my descent into ounce counting madness, what pushed me out of my comfort zone of conventional hiking clothing.  They freed me from the shackles of hiking pants.  They freed me from the sweaty prison that is rain pants. I saw someone …

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Gearathon: Kahtoola K10 Crampons

It's a big spooky El Nino year in 2016, so traction for getting over snow/ice is a big ticket item (for me).  While most went for microspikes, I went a little crazy and went with hiking crampons.  Why?  I'd heard about microspikes slipping off people's shoes on inclines.  Whether or not that's a constant problem …

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